Rebecca Bricker
July 07, 1986 12:00 PM

Catherine Oxenberg got a chilly reception when she tried to liven up a private dinner at a Monte Carlo pro-celebrity tennis tournament. During a cabaret act at the swank Sporting Club by British entertainers Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern, Oxenberg tried “to throw bread rolls at them,” says actress-model Lauren Hutton, who was sitting at the same table, along with British actor Malcolm (Clockwork Orange) McDowell and Michael (The Natural) Madsen. Clearly annoyed by Oxenberg’s antics, Madsen doused her with a bucket of ice. “She needed cooling down and that was one way to do it,” claims Madsen. An unrepentant Oxenberg said later, “I was a bit shocked when he threw ice over me. I don’t know why he did it. I must have irritated him. I was just having fun.” The next night, according to one eyewitness, it was Monaco’s Prince Albert, the tourney champion, who started a food fight. He flicked a shrimp at Hutton, and she playfully retaliated. Soon more food, plates and glasses were flying. Not everybody found the Animal House atmosphere funny; one guest says

that McDowell, Wayne (M*A*S*H) Rogers and brat packer Judd Nelson were among those who left early. “It was bedlam,” the guest reports. “After a while, it is not fun to be pelted with lumps of lobster.”

Actress Janet (A Chorus Line) Jones and tennis ace Vitas Gerulaitis tabled their June wedding plans—supposedly so that Jones could promote her new movie, American Anthem, co-starring Olympic beefcake-gymnast Mitch Gaylord. The nuptials haven’t been rescheduled, but Vitas hasn’t lost interest: He bought Janet a black Jaguar for her 25th birthday….

Choosing not to wait another moment were Hotel’s James Brolin, 45, and Jan (WKRP) Smithers, 37, who had a church wedding last week in the town of Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

Rock Hudson’s Beverly Hills estate, on the market for $2.95 million, has been attracting more viewers than bidders. According to broker Jeff Hyland, who’s handling the 2.5 acre property, “The people who’ve looked at the house are a varied group—from straight to trendy, from rock musicians to tennis stars to bankers.” To weed out mere voyeurs, Hyland asks for a financial statement in advance of showing the house. “Some people get upset and say, ‘But I’m so-and-so!’ Those are the ones who turn out to be curiosity seekers.” The home looks down on the estate of tycoon Marvin Davis and over to Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air home. Among other oddities, the house boasts a bathtub imported from London’s posh Savoy Hotel, a stage equipped with klieg lights, a film vault and an outdoor barbecue that can handle up to 100 burgers.

During a recent visit to Washington, Mother Teresa was visiting a mission in a poor section of town when a limo arrived to take her to a White House meeting with President Reagan. Pretty glitzy, except the chauffeur accidentally locked the keys inside the car. Desperate, he asked three streetwise teenage boys who were walking by if they could retrieve the keys. “No problem, man,” said one. According to an onlooker, “Within five minutes, they had the car opened and the keys out.” Mother Teresa got into the automobile, buckled up, made the sign of the cross and sped away to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Before Jordan’s King Hussein, 50, and Queen Noor, 34, left the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after checkups, the staff treated them to a rock ‘n’ roll, ’50s-style sock hop, with three deejays playing tunes by the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley and the Coasters. The King and his American-born Queen (the former Lisa Halaby, a Princeton grad) didn’t boogie, but she thumbed through the records and picked an ’80s fave: Celebration by Kool & the Gang. Her choice may have reflected their glowing health reports, even though the King was advised to quit smoking.

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